Interview with Jessie Koltz
Q: One or two sentences about you. Who are you? What do you do for a living? Where do you live?
I currently live in Reston, VA. I recently completed my first year as an elementary school counselor at Lowes Island Elementary School in Loudoun County and will be heading back for year two at the end of August. I have always loved making a difference in others lives and knew that I could be a positive role model and a trusted adult for children to turn to.
Q: What keeps you inspired to continue to train for and participate in triathlons?
I try to keep the socialization piece of triathlon training and racing a big part of my life. I grew up swimming competitively and always enjoyed training with others who could have fun while also being able to compete at the level of competition I was at. My training partners and I always motivated each other with friendly competitions; I have continued to bring that outlook into my triathlon world with those whom I’ve met over the past few years. The rush of anxiety that builds up before a big race is what keeps me coming back to race and go fast.
Q: Do you think that your lifestyle has changed since you did your first triathlon?
My lifestyle hasn’t changed too much since I started doing triathlons. As I said, I was a division one athlete, training and competing was my part time job as I was going through school with 20+ hours of swimming, dry land, and lifting every week. I was in a lull when I wasn’t competing at all between graduation in May 2011 and when I started training to complete my first sprint triathlon in June 2012. I keep a pretty full schedule as I always have.
I started coaching this past winter during my first year of my counseling career. It was busy and tough fitting in training around my professional lifestyle, but I made it work. I’m still adjusting and will continue to learn from the experiences I’ve had during my first full season as a professional triathlete.
Q: What are your goals for the Luray Triathlon?
My goals for Luray… to go fast. I want to be proud of myself when I finish.
My past few races in June weren’t what I wanted because of some uncontrollable factors life brings. I want to do well and be happy with my races. This won’t be my first experience with a back to back race weekend. I recently competed in May at the American Triple T in Ohio with my training partner and coach Matt Shanks.
Q: What advice would you give any aspiring triathletes?
The only advice I have for those who want to pursue triathlon is to have fun. That’s the most important thing in my mind. Enjoy what you do and don’t forget to have a good time whenever you are in the water, on your bike, out for a run, or on your way to a race. Smile and enjoy it all.
Q: What’s next for you after Luray Triathlon
After Luray I was planning to do Rev3 Maine but I’ll be off to Buffalo to celebrate two close friends from school’s wedding. I’m still adjusting my schedule for the end of the season. I will be competing at the Reston Triathlon for the first year on September 7th.
Last year I won Nation’s Tri which was held on the same weekend so I thought I would try out a new local venue. It’ll be a fun race competing with other triathletes I know throughout the area while helping out two teams with the race that I am affiliated with, Reston Master’s Swim Team and Reston Bike Club.